Yahweh (YHVH)

Posted: 4/2/2023    

I recently came across something in a video from Rock Island Books on YouTube, and later found elsewhere here and I’m sure there are other places, that I hadn’t ever heard before that I think fits well here as we transition to looking at the Son, Yeshua. YAHWEH, which is YHVH in Hebrew, or יְהוָֹה and is also translated at LORD or Jehovah is the proper name of God, also called the Tetragrammaton. It’s commonly accepted meaning is the existing One.

What is fascinating is that all Hebrew letters have names and meanings and numbers associated with them. It is also a pictographic language such that the original shapes also coincided with the letter’s meaning. We get our term alphabet from the first and second letters of the Hebrew alphabet, Aleph (א) Beth (ב ).

י Yod (Yud) – denotes the hand/arm, typically not as outstretched, but rather as holding something or being a fist.
ה He (Hay) –  lo! behold!
ו Waw (Vav) –   hook or peg, and is strictly reserved for the hooks/ pegs that kept the curtains of the tabernacle in place.
ה He (Hay) –  lo! behold!
Exodus 26:31-34
And thou shalt make a vail [of] blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made: And thou shalt hang it upon four pillars of shittim [wood] overlaid with gold: their hooks (vav) [shall be of] gold, upon the four sockets of silver. And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy [place] and the most holy. And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy [place].

As Israel was in the wilderness, their tabernacle’s walls and framework were held together with hooks, supporting the structure. It was this support that then held the veil that separated the Holy of Holies, where the presense of God dwelt, from the Holy Place, the tabernacle and the people of Israel camped about it.

Recall also that Israel had just come out of Egypt, where the first Passover happened and the blood of the lamb was placed on the door of the houses of the Israelites so the angel of death would pass over the house and not take the first born son of the house.

John 10:7-11
Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

Yeshua is the door and as stated in John 14:6,7 He is the only way to the Father. If you did not already catch it above, the Hebrew name of God that they don’t say today, yet is published for all time in the Torah, has 4 letters that individually mean behold the hand/arm, behold the nail/peg/hook!

Matthew 27:50-51
Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
Mark 15:37-39
And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.
Luke 23:44-47
And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.

Yeshua is the door through which we find salvation and a return to communion with the Father through the atoning blood of Christ. He is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world and sacrificed Himself, spilling His innocent blood so that we might live.

Furthermore, He hung on a tree by nails as the veil hung in the temple as a door separating the people from the presence of God. When it was finished and He gave up the ghost, the door of separation from God in the temple was ripped in two from top to bottom. I believe this both signified that the new door was the only one now needed to enter into God’s presence and also that God’s presence would no longer reside in the temple, it was finished.